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Kathy Zember to retire from The University of Toledo

Looking back on November 7, 1994, Kathy Zember’s first day of employment at The University of Toledo, she recalls being somewhat hesitant about going back to work full time after having been home with her two boys for most of their young lives.

“It was a big decision for both my husband and me, but it was a good decision. I had very minimal computer skills, and so on my first day at UT I was overwhelmed and unsure of the responsibilities ahead,” Zember said.

Zember jokes that she brought very few personal possessions to work during the first couple of weeks, just in case the job didn’t work out.

Twenty years later, Zember is the college’s program accreditation specialist for Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experiences (APPEs). Over the years, she has developed friendships and memories that have enriched her life in many ways. In addition to gaining computer skills, Zember has enjoyed the camaraderie, and interacting with co-workers, friends, and students. She values the laughter she has shared with them over the years.

Asked about a situation that made her laugh, she recounts a particularly frantic moment involving her colleagues and a microwave oven.

“Early in my years at UT, I worked in proximity to an individual who really disliked the smell of popcorn and made it quite clear. One day, I accidentally burned a bag of popcorn to a big lump of char. Smoke was literally billowing from the microwave, and this individual was due to arrive at work at any moment. I had a teaching assistant spray cologne in the microwave room as I fled down the hall to the bathroom, where I disposed of the huge chunk of char.

As I raced past the Office of Student Affairs to get rid of the evidence of my popcorn debacle, panic ensued because the staff thought I was running from an electrical fire. I shared my story with a few of my close coworkers, and we certainly had a lot of laughs,” Zember recalled. “I always said that maybe when I retire, I’d share this story.”

Zember plans to stay connected to the college by continuing the types of activities through which she has developed friendships with colleagues, including dinners, kayaking, student events, painting classes, and shopping.

“I plan to continue that practice as much as possible to stay connected,” she said. “It’s easy to make a friend, but it takes an effort to maintain friendships. I hope that I will never lose sight of that.”

Zember’s plans for retirement also include spending time with her husband, gardening, reading, and volunteering at Toledo Children’s Hospital.

“If I get bored,” she said, “I’ll look for a fun job – maybe in a clothing boutique!”

The changes Zember has witnessed in the college and in the profession of pharmacy have included the inception of the Doctor of Pharmacy degree, which was once optional, and the growth in the number of students pursuing this degree. However, the stability in the college is symbolic to her.

“Since I have been at UT, our college has had two deans of the college, two associate deans for Student Affairs, and four chairs or interim chairs of Pharmacy Practice,” she recalled. “I think that speaks to job satisfaction.”

After 20 years of service in the Department of Pharmacy Practice, Zember is retiring.

“There is nowhere else in the University that I would have rather been,” she said. “This has been a fun experience and one I will never forget.”

The college will celebrate the retirement of Kathy Zember on November 18 from 3-5pm in Salon C of the Radisson at UTMC.


International APPE: A student’s journey

By CHUN WONG, PharmD ‘14

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAs a P4 student pharmacist, I began my Advance Pharmacy Practice Experiences (APPEs) in a unique way. My first APPE rotation was at the Affiliated Hospital of North Sichuan Medical College located in Nanchong, the second most populated city of Sichuan Province, China.

Over the course of a month, I worked with my preceptors to learn about traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), including acupuncture and herbal medicine, and the role TCM can play in improving patient health.

I was able to converse and exchange ideas about pharmacy practice in institutional and community settings with local clinical pharmacists, pharmacy faculty and pharmacy students at North Sichuan Medical College.

I experienced the rich Chinese culture, including celebrating the annual Dragon Boat Festival. Overall, this experience was undoubtedly fruitful and unforgettable for me. It has certainly given me insights on the important roles pharmacists play in improving health and wellness of patients around the world.


Recent grad set bar high during rotation

doughty“In all of my 23 years as a pharmacist mentor and preceptor, never have I been as impressed with an intern,” Brad Johnson said of Yana Doughty, PharmD ’14, who completed an APPE rotation at Walgreens in Raleigh, North Carolina.

Johnson, who serves as a preceptor for several pharmacy schools, was so impressed with Yana that he said he would take a UT student any time.

“I’ve seen how strong and prepared they are,” he said.

What impressed Johnson most was how proactive Yana was when tackling problems and projects.

“She jumped in immediately asking questions and providing answers. I gave her a project focusing on MTMs as well as targeting New to Therapy patients. I had her counseling patients while with us. She became our immunization specialist since it was influenza season as well,” Johnson said.

Johnson believes Yana will be a valuable asset wherever she chooses to practice pharmacy.


Preceptor Forum to feature Dr. Cynthia Boyle

The Experiential Education program hosts an annual preceptor forum and luncheon for PharmD preceptors to provide current information and continuing education credits for practicing pharmacists.

This year’s event, to be held on April 10, will feature Cynthia Boyle, PharmD, FAPhA. Dr. Boyle is a professor and chair of pharmacy practice at University of Maryland Eastern Shore. She is also president-elect of the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy. The experiential program is pleased to welcome Dr. Boyle’s perspectives on pharmacy practice and education.

Dr. Boyle will discuss preparing student pharmacists to become practitioners in her seminar entitled Practice-Ready, Team-Ready. Preceptors can register online for the event.


The Real World: Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experiences create a career path

Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experiences (APPEs) do more than just provide an educational experiences for PharmD students. Many students determine the direction of their careers based on these rotations. Rotation sites such as Barney’s Pharmacy in Augusta, Georgia and National Community Pharmacists Association in Alexandria, Virginia have offered UT pharmacy students unique experiences and career opportunities.

The National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA) is an organization that represents the nation’s 23,000 independent community pharmacies as well as the pharmacist owners, managers and employees of these pharmacies. Headquartered in Alexandria, Virginia, NCPA is a legislative voice for community pharmacies.

This year, P4 student Kevin Day will complete a rotation at NCPA with preceptor Whitney Cowart, PharmD, associate director of management and student affairs. Day, who has a deep interest in independent pharmacy and leadership opportunities, was selected from a pool of applicants from across the country to complete this rotation. He had been interested in starting a student chapter of NCPA at the College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences and took the idea to the Pharmacy Student Council.

About this opportunity, Day says, “The rotation will hopefully offer me a chance both to network with the largest associations of independent pharmacists, one of the largest associations of pharmacists in general actually, and learn about how their organization is run and what they offer to the profession of pharmacy. I hope to see where independent pharmacy is now throughout the nation and understand where it is going in this changing landscape.”

Andrew Hochradel, PharmD ’12, is director of Specialty Pharmacy Services at Barney’s Pharmacy. As a UT student, he enjoyed his rotation at Barney’s so much that he now works there and has become an APPE preceptor for the site. He initially read about Barney’s Pharmacy in The New York Times. Dr. Hochradel was attracted to this independent pharmacy because of the innovative patient care services offered there. “Even more surprising, said Dr. Hochradel, “is that there is a successful business model behind partnering with patients to improve their health. And as a student, I was involved at every level.”

The range of different services provided at Barney’s includes specialized compounding, MTM, immunizations, medical supplies and equipment, patient support groups, chair aerobics, bingo, wellness classes, biometric screenings, long term care consulting, and specialty pharmacy services. In the past year, Barney’s Pharmacy also partnered with the CDC to offer HIV screenings.

Additionally, Barney’s Pharmacy hosts two ASHP/APhA-accredited PGY-1 Residencies. The residents lead daily topic discussions that help reinforce clinical knowledge. Dr. Hochradel mastered diabetes and insulin dosing, among other subjects, during his Barney’s Pharmacy rotation.

Ultimately, what he really enjoyed about his rotation at Barney’s Pharmacy was the family-owned environment and high-touch service culture.

“At an independent pharmacy,” he says, “you get to experience the day-to-day decisions that need to be made to provide excellent patient care and run a business. I joined the Barney’s Pharmacy family after graduation and was appointed director of Specialty Pharmacy services. I am excited to navigate this new opportunity and be involved with the all of the specialty medications coming out of the pipeline. Also, as a prestige clinical instructor for the College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, I am looking forward to sharing my Barney’s Pharmacy experience with future pharmacists.”

Hochradel was featured in the February 2014 issue of UT’s alumni magazine.

For both Day and Hochradel, an APPE rotation set a path toward a meaningful career.